Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Aaron Thompson, a 6-foot-1 Class of 2017 point guard from Fairfax (VA) Paul VI Catholic and the Team Takeover AAU program, committed to Pittsburgh on Sunday following a visit to campus.
He also considered Dayton, Nebraska, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Temple. He is the first Class of 2017 pledge for new coach Kevin Stallings and his staff.
“I picked Pitt because I feel like it was the best situation for me personally,” Thompson told SNY.tv. “I feel as though I can go in and make a difference just by trying to be a leader and affect the game in every way possible. I feel as though there is mutual trust between me and Coach Stallings.”
Thompson is ranked the No. 47 point guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com.
“Aaron is a pure point with elite speed, vision and passing ability,” Paul VI coach Glenn Farello told SNY.tv. “He is one of the best leaders we’ve ever had. He is relentless on the defensive end and has added a consistent mid-range jump shot to his game this year.”
Thompson said he also plans to help recruit other players to Pitt.
“I will recruit guys like [2017 shooting guard] Naji Marshall who Pitt has already offered because me and him have known each other for a while now,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.